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Single Review – Blonde Redhead – No More Honey

New York’s Japanese and Italian trio Blonde Redhead return with their ninth album Barragan which is due for a September 2nd release. It sees them venture to a much shadowy production and instrumentation than their more recent efforts. ‘No More Honey’ is the single that suggests this slight alteration to their sound. It opens with undulating bass lines and slowly tumbling riffs. These are tied together in an eerie fashion with Kazu Makino’s softly wailing vocals. These vocals rotate and increase in volume while the heavily distorted and sonically charged guitars overtake the introductory instrumentals. It’s a lost song the quite aptly has no definite foundation as the bass and guitar elements taking out the floor of the song with the burrowing sounds and these are accentuated by the near absence of any powerful percussion and it works well. No problem nineteen years on from their debut.